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Jansen M. Robinson

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Jansen M. Robinson
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Board member, Harford County Board of Education, District A
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next general2018
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army
ProfessionSecurity officer
Office website
Campaign website
Jansen M. Robinson is the District A member on the Harford County Board of Education in Maryland. He defeated fellow challenger Frederick A. Mullis in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Robinson holds associate and bachelor's degrees in criminal justice. He also earned a master's degree in public administration. Robinson served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He currently works as a physical security officer at the Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center.[1]



See also: Harford County Public Schools elections (2014)


The June 24, 2014, primary ballot included primaries for Districts B, C, D, E and F with the top two vote recipients in each primary advancing to the general election on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Robert "Bob" Frisch and challenger Laura Runyeon defeated Greg Johnson in District B. District C incumbent Alysson L. Krchnavy and challenger Joseph L. Voskuhl advanced to the general election by defeating John Anker. Nancy Reynolds faced challenger Mike Simon in her bid for another term in District D after defeating challengers Chris Scholz and Tishan D. Weerasooriya in the primary. The primary race for District E resulted in board member Arthur Kaff and newcomer Rachel Gauthier defeating Stephen Eric Macko and Barney Michel. Macko dropped out of the race after the withdrawal deadline which meant his name still appeared on the ballot. District F incumbent Thomas Fitzpatrick and Michael R. Hitchings squared off in the general election after defeating Joe Fleckenstein in the primary.

The District A race advanced to the general election without a primary as newcomers Frederick A. Mullis and Jansen M. Robinson were the only candidates to file for the seat.

In the general election Jansen M. Robinson won District A, incumbent Robert "Bob" Frisch was returned to District B, challenger Joseph L. Voskuhl defeated incumbent Alysson L. Krchnavy for District C, incumbent Nancy Reynolds won District D, newcomer Rachel Gauthier defeated incumbent Arthur Kaff for District E and incumbent Thomas Fitzpatrick won another term in District F.

This was the first time that county voters selected members for these seats on the Harford County Board of Education. Board members were appointed by the governor prior to a 2009 state law that turned six of the nine board seats into elected positions. There were board elections for two-year terms in Districts A, B and D in November 2010. Victorious candidates in the general election will take office in July 2015 along with three newly appointed members.[2]


Harford County Public Schools, District A General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJansen M. Robinson 56.1% 5,448
     Nonpartisan Frederick A. Mullis 43% 4,177
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.8% 80
Total Votes 9,705
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2014 Gubernatorial General Election results for Harford County," accessed December 20, 2014


Robinson has reported no contributions or expenditures to the Maryland State Board of Elections as of June 10, 2014.[3]


Robinson received the endorsement of the New Harford Democratic Club prior to the primary election.[4] He was endorsed by the Harford County Education Association (HCEA), The Aegis and The Baltimore Sun for the general election.[5][6]

Campaign themes


Robinson explained his themes for the 2014 race in an interview with The Baltimore Sun:

Q: How will you address the budget issues that each year leave Harford County Public Schools millions of dollars short of what school system officials say they need to operate?

Enlist stakeholders (colleagues, parents, teachers, county leaders, and the private sector) in the development of a "Strategic Funding Plan" that identifies both short and long range action steps to fund our schools.

Q: In the wake of years of tragedies committed in schools across the country, please explain your position on school safety and security and what, if anything, should be done in Harford County Public Schools.

I discuss my approach to school security in the article "New Course for School Security (violence prevention program for public schools); published in Security Management Magazine.

Q: What is your position on two controversial cost savings measures – ending bus transportation waivers for students who live close to school and having tiered schedules in elementary schools to save on the number of buses needed.

Harford County BOE members serve on a part-time basis, and they almost exclusively rely on the school systems' professional staff to provide them with the data that they use to help them make decisions. For that reason the decision by the board to decline the county executive's offer to have his staff work with the BOE's staff to identify potential savings in their almost half billion dollar budget (that could have averted the Pay to Play and Modified Transportation policy decisions) is one decision with which I most strongly disagree. The BOE did not have to agree with the recommendations of the county executive's staff, but they would at the very least have additional data with which to use to challenge the information provided to them by the school system's professional staff.

Q: How will you address student achievement in all ages in the various testing programs?

As a member of the BOE for Harford County I will work to ensure that teaching and learning conditions are such that every student has the best chances for academic success in a Harford County Public School. To accomplish this I would advocate for the following: 1) Reviewing the Master Plan's goals & objectives with stakeholders; 2) Placing a highly qualified teacher in every classroom, and a highly qualified administrator in every school; 3) Creating/maintaining smaller and secure learning environments; 4) Expanding vocational/apprenticeship opportunities; 6) Increasing opportunities to give parents/community a seat at the decision-making table; 7) Making sure that all children gets the head start that they need to have a successful academic career.

Q: How has HCPSS performed in implementing the Common Core state standards? Should anything be done differently as the school system continues its implementation?

Effective implementation of the Common Core State Standards requires a financial investment that has not been adequately provided to the HCPS. So in light of this lack of resources, HCPS has is doing a great job. Going forward, the BOE should lead efforts to conduct a thorough review of the Master Plan (goals and objectives) to ensure that Common Core Standards (goals and objectives) and available financial resources are aligned accordingly.


The Baltimore Sun, (2014), [8]

About the district

See also: Harford County Public Schools, Maryland
Harford County Public Schools is located in Harford County, Maryland
Harford County Public Schools is based in Bel Air, the county seat of Harford County, Maryland. Harford County is home to 249,215 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[9] Harford County Public Schools is the eighth-largest school district in Maryland, serving 38,224 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[10]


Harford County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Maryland in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.5 percent of Harford County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3 percent for Maryland as a whole. The median household income in Harford County was $80,441 compared to $72,999 for the state of Maryland. The poverty rate in Harford County was 7.5 percent compared to 9.4 percent for the entire state.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2012[9]
Race Harford County (%) Maryland (%)
White 81.4 60.8
Black or African American 13.1 30.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 2.8 6.0
Two or More Races 2.3 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 3.8 8.7

Party registration, 2014[11]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 67,823
Democratic 62,655
Unaffiliated 29,607
Other 1,215
Libertarian 814
Green 316
Total 162,430

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[12] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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